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Saturday, 21 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Another Yuletide season, and another chance to indulge in the the tradition of pantomime ...

Colin Baker in Aladdin, Anvil Arts Basingstoke, 2013Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor)
Aladdin, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
12 December - 5 January

Starring Colin Baker (Doctor Who, I'm a Celebrity) as Abanazer, Derek Moran (Channel 5's Milkshake) as Wishee Washee and Ian Good as Widow Twankey

The wicked sorcerer Abanazer tries to get his hands on the fabled magic lamp and rule the world. Only the bravery of Aladdin can stop him - if his silly brother Wishee Washee doesn't mess everything up first!

This year's production stars the ever-popular Colin Baker (Dr Who, I'm a Celebrity) as Abanazer, Derek Moran from Milkshake as Wishee Washee, and, back by popular demand, Ian Good as Widow Twankey. Join them and the rest of the cast on a magic carpet ride of adventure. With superb sets, colourful costumes, great song and dance routines and plenty of comedy, this traditional pantomime is one for all the family to enjoy.

Please note: this performance includes special effects including strobe lighting, flashing lights, haze, UV lighting, and pyrotechnics including real flame effects.
John Barrowman and the Krankies in Dick McWhittington, Glasgow SECC, 2013John Barrowman (Jack)
Dick McWhittington, Glasgow SECC
14 December - 5 January

John Barrowman returns to the SECC as Dick accompanied by The Krankies as Councillor Krankie and Jimmy Krankie in this year's spectacular pantomime adventure, Dick McWhittington.

With spectacular special effects, amazing 3D sequences, stunning costumes and lots of audience participation this magical family show will be everything you would expect from Glasgow’s biggest pantomime.

Book today to join us on this very unique Scottish adventure!
Bonnie Langford in Cinderella, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, 2013Bonnie Langford (Mel)
Cinderella, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
6 December - 12 January

Following her triumphant return to London’s West End, Surrey-born singer, dancer, actress and entertainer Bonnie Langford will star as Fairy Snow, leading a truly fabulous cast in this year’s magical family pantomime, Cinderella.

Bonnie is joined on stage by one of the country’s top performers; the inimitable Kit Hesketh-Harvey as an Ugly Sister. Kit’s sister in crime is none other than Surrey and Hampshire’s favourite breakfast show host, Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon.

Other names associated with Doctor Who include: Nigel Havers (Peter Dalton, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith) in Robin Hood at the Theatre Royal Plymouth; Leslie Grantham (Kiston, Resurrection of the Daleks) in Dick Whittington at the Grove Theatre Dunstable; Kai Owen (Rhys, Torchwood) in Aladdin at the Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa; Susan Penhaligon (Lakis, The Time Monster) in Sleeping Beauty at the Queens Theatre Barnstaple; Tony Adams (Elgin, The Green Death) in Sleeping Beauty at the King's Theatre Southsea; Bradley Walsh (Spellman, The Day of the Clown) in Cinderella at the Orchard Theatre Dartford; and also Brian Blessed (Yrcanos, Mindwarp) in the Christmas show The Snow Gorilla at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Other forms of entertainment are available.